A Breath of Fresh Air

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

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On this episode of All Ears, we take a deep breath and savor music that conjures up tropical breezes and winter winds, rushing sounds, swaying trees and idle chatter. Breezes floating past help us breathe easier.

We stop in Havana for a seductive waltz from Aires Tropicales, a woodwind quintet by Paquito D'Rivera. One of its seven movements, "Habanera," casts a similar swaying tone to that of a Ravel composition.

We also hear Mancini's Soldier in the Rain, with a choir composed of four voices from Don Byron's album, "A Fine Line." Soldier in the Rain is the theme for the 1963 movie of the same name. 

Also on the program, it's soothing to hear Anton Bruckner next to DBR and Philip Glass, as well as Paul Lansky, and Michael Colgrass.

 

Playlist:

Paquito D'Rivera/Aires Tropicales: Habanera

Koch

 

Giancarlo Vulcano/Tierra del Fuego

Innova

 

Steve Reich/Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings: II. Slow

Nonesuch

 

Lou Harrison/Three Waltzes

Koch

 

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)/Metamorphosis

Thirsty Ear

 

Anton Bruckner/Intermezzo & Trio for String Sextet in d

CRD

 

Ann Ronell/Willow Weep for Me

CBS/Sony

 

Judd Greenstein/The Night Gatherers

New Amsterdam

 

Henry Mancini/Soldier in the Rain

Blue Note

 

Meredith Monk/Recent Ruins

ECM

 

Veljo Tormis/"How can I recognize my home"

ECM

 

Toby Twinging/Satie Blues

Point

 

Paul Lansky/Notjustmoreidlechatter

Bridge

 

Keith Jarrett/Americana

ECM

 

Michael Colgrass/Winds of Nagual

Naxos

Comments [3]

Aku Nkem from London, England

From here on out I'm all ears.

Jan. 25 2012 09:27 PM
Freshi Ya Shamba from NYC

Loved the show. Playlists could be a tad more descriptive to help locate music if someoone would like to purchase. Then again, sometimes one doesn't need to own the music, it's just nice to listen to it. Thanks to the Player on the website it's possible even after the fact.

Jan. 15 2012 11:58 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

ALL EARS is great! This was my first show and I loved it. I'm looking forward to more!! Thank you!!!!!

Jan. 15 2012 08:12 PM

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